Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Environmental Educator

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Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: (80% time allocation)

1. Teach in our ACES Environmental Science Classrooms 
2. Teach ACES Field Programs
3. Teach ACES Naturalist Field School courses during winter, spring, and summer seasons
4. Create and improve curriculum for ACES Education programs

Secondary Responsibilities: (20% time allocation)

Rock Bottom Ranch Educators:

1. Assist and become involved with ranch animal husbandry, ranch maintenance, interpretive exhibits, and other ACES projects
2. Perform on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes leading educational agriculture/ranch tours, greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, and fielding questions.
3. Maintain site organization and cleanliness. This may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning and restroom cleaning.
4. Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.

Hallam Lake Educators:

1. Assist and become involved in visitor center maintenance including resident animal management, interpretive exhibits, and other ACES projects.
2. Perform on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, and fielding questions.
3. Maintain site organization and cleanliness. This may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning and restroom cleaning.
4. Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education, agriculture education or related fields
• Minimum of two years’ teaching experience in a classroom or outdoor setting, elementary grade level preferred
• Experience with curriculum writing and development of educational teaching materials 
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team-oriented environment
• Creativity and organizational skills essential
• Spanish language proficiency preferred
• Classroom teaching license or credential preferred

Employment Dates

• August 17, 2016-August 14, 2017 (limited positions start date June 8, 2016)

Location

Rock Bottom Ranch staff is based at ACES’ 113-acre ranch located in Basalt, Colorado. Rock Bottom Ranch Educators primarily focus their classroom time at the Basalt Elementary School and Crystal River Elementary School. 

Hallam Lake staff is based at ACES’ 25-acre nature preserve located in Aspen, Colorado. Hallam Lake Educators primarily focus their classroom time at the Aspen Elementary School. Hallam Lake educator position requires mandatory housing at the Hallam Lake preserve.

Job Duration:

Other

How to Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, and completed application to ACES Education Director Arin Trook at atrook@aspennature.org. Please indicate in your application and/or cover letter whether you are applying for the Rock Bottom Ranch, Hallam Lake or both educator positions. Closing date for accepting applications is March 1, 2016

Job Compensation:

Salary

Compensation Information:

• On-going professional development opportunities including
     - Master Environmental Educator certification through the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
• IRA and generous health and dental insurance package
• Paid time off, accrued throughout work year
• This is a salaried position, pay commensurate with experience

Contact Name:

Arin Trook

Contact Phone:

970-925-5756

Contact Email:

atrook@aspennature.org